Could my persistent, unexplained body pain indicate cancer?

Q. Can ongoing unexplained body pain possibly be a sign of cancer?

Answered by
Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 12, 2024

Hello doctor,

I have been experiencing persistent body pain for the past five months. I have undergone numerous tests, but no specific cause has been identified. I am now concerned that it might be related to cancer. Please help.

Thank you.



Welcome to

I read your query and understand your concern.

In order to better understand your condition, I have a few additional questions:

  1. Do you experience any tender points on your body?
  2. Are you feeling fatigued or excessively tired?
  3. Have you been having any sleep problems or insomnia?
  4. Are you experiencing muscle pain?
  5. Have you noticed an increase in urinary urgency or frequency?
  6. Do you have reduced tolerance to exercise, and do you experience muscle pain after working out?
  7. Is the pain intensity constant, or does it vary?
  8. Could you specify the exact location of the pain? Is it in your joints, muscles, lower back, head, abdomen, or elsewhere?
  9. Is there any family history of cancer?
  10. Are you currently dealing with anxiety or depression?

It is important to note that while cancer can present with generalized body pain, it is a relatively rare cause. A condition called fibromyalgia, characterized by chronic widespread pain and an increased pain response to pressure, could also explain your symptoms. However, a comprehensive evaluation and detailed medical history are needed to provide a more accurate assessment.

Please respond with answers to the questions above so that we can better understand your condition.

Your well-being is our priority.

Take care.

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